Child Development Option
This option is available within the Human Development and Family Sciences major at the following location:
Through classes and internships, the Child Development option provides students with research-based strategies for supporting children’s development. Students develop a strong foundation for careers in preschools, early intervention, positive youth development, and parenting education. Students will be prepared for graduate work in HDFS, education, special education, developmental psychology and other fields related to child development.
With a double degree in human development and family sciences and education, students can earn dual licensure at the pre-kindergarten and elementary school levels.
Option Code: 228
Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the following learning outcomes:
- Translate and apply relevant theory and research to culturally-responsive, evidence-based practices with individuals, families, and communities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ecological contexts in which individuals and families develop and how contexts reinforce systems of privilege and oppression.
- Demonstrate growth in a commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice in practice with individuals, families and communities.
- Critically evaluate policies, programs, and practices with relevance to the wellbeing of all individuals and families.
- Understand the methods by which public health identifies potential causes of population health status, and identifies potential targets for intervention.
- Describe the fundamental roles of public health and how those roles are operationalized in public health organization, funding, workforce, and regulations.
|HDFS 330||ENGAGING WITH CHILDREN AGES 0-8||4|
|HDFS 430||CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER INTERNSHIP||12|
|HDFS 431||FAMILY, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION||3|
|HDFS 432||CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES||3|
|HDFS 461||^PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND PROPOSAL WRITING||4|
|Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:||12|
|*CONTEMPORARY FAMILIES IN THE U.S.|
|INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES|
|HUMAN SERVICES PRACTICUM|
|PARENTING RESEARCH AND APPLICATION|
|FAMILY VIOLENCE AND NEGLECT|
|*FAMILIES AND POVERTY|
|TOPICS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES|
Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
Option Code: 228